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Solutions for Chapter 2: Decoding the Hidden Messages in Starlight

Full solutions for Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe | 1st Edition

ISBN: 9781429210638

Solutions for Chapter 2: Decoding the Hidden Messages in Starlight

Solutions for Chapter 2
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Textbook: Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe
Edition: 1
Author: Timothy F. Slater, Roger Freedman
ISBN: 9781429210638

Chapter 2: Decoding the Hidden Messages in Starlight includes 21 full step-by-step solutions. Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe was written by and is associated to the ISBN: 9781429210638. This expansive textbook survival guide covers the following chapters and their solutions. This textbook survival guide was created for the textbook: Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe, edition: 1. Since 21 problems in chapter 2: Decoding the Hidden Messages in Starlight have been answered, more than 4670 students have viewed full step-by-step solutions from this chapter.

Key Science Terms and definitions covered in this textbook
  • Arctic (A) air mass

    A bitterly cold air mass that forms over the frozen Arctic Ocean.

  • Cassini division

    A wide gap in the ring system of Saturn between the A ring and the B ring.

  • Cenozoic era

    A span on the geologic time scale beginning about 65 million years ago following the Mesozoic era.

  • Climate system

    The exchanges of energy and moisture that occur among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, solid Earth, biosphere, and cryosphere.

  • Continental margin

    That portion of the seafloor adjacent to the continents. It may include the continental shelf, continental slope, and continental rise.

  • Daily mean

    The mean temperature for a day that is determined by averaging the 24 hourly readings or, more commonly, by averaging the maximum and minimum temperatures for a day.

  • Debris flow

    A relatively rapid type of mass wasting that involves a flow of soil and regolith containing a large amount of water. Also called mudflows.

  • Ephemeral stream

    A stream that is usually dry because it carries water only in response to specific episodes of rainfall. Most desert streams are of this type.

  • Glacial trough

    A mountain valley that has been widened, deepened, and straightened by a glacier.

  • Greenhouse effect

    The transmission of shortwave solar radiation by the atmosphere, coupled with the selective absorption of longer-wavelength terrestrial radiation, especially by water vapor and carbon dioxide.

  • Hubble’s law

    Relates the distance to a galaxy and its velocity.

  • Jetties

    A pair of structures extending into the ocean at the entrance to a harbor or river that are built for the purpose of protecting against storm waves and sediment deposition.

  • Parsec

    The distance at which an object would have a parallax angle of 1 second of arc (3.26 lightyears).

  • Pluvial lake

    A lake formed during a period of increased rainfall. During the Pleistocene epoch this occurred in some nonglaciated regions during periods of ice advance elsewhere.

  • Primary productivity

    The amount of organic matter synthesized by organisms from inorganic substances through photosynthesis or chemosynthesis within a given volume of water or habitat in a unit of time.

  • Reflection nebula

    A relatively dense dust cloud in interstellar space that is illuminated by starlight.

  • Shelf break

    The point where a rapid steepening of the gradient occurs, marking the outer edge of the continental shelf and the beginning of the continental slope.

  • Source region

    The area where an air mass acquires its characteristic properties of temperature and moisture.

  • Transverse dunes

    A series of long ridges oriented at right angles to the prevailing wind; these dunes form where vegetation is sparse and sand is very plentiful.

  • Wave refraction

    See Refraction.